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Weight of 1 web page: 8 micrograms October 21, 2010

Posted by globalizer in Unicode.

Who knew? The Web measures 8 feet by 8 feet by 20 feet, and it weighs 26000 pounds. Which means that each page weighs 8 micrograms.

At least, that’s the result when you pack a copy of the Web into a shipping container.

Just one of the fun things I learned in Brewster Kahle‘s fascinating keynote address to IUC34.

Go check out archive.org, which has the slightly ambitious goal of “Universal access to all knowledge”. As part of that effort they take a snapshot of every accessible web page every 2 months, so you can use their “waybackmachine” to see what web sites looked like in the past.

But that’s only a small part of the effort, they also scan and digitize books, archive audio, images, videos, etc.

Great resource, and great keynote #IUC34.




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